Interview with our reader Garrett Williams

Here is a new interview about Sandra and Woo with one of the Sandra and Woo fans that received a poster package, our reader

Garrett Williams

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Greetings and salutations, I am Garrett Williams, a cartoonist/webmaster/3d artist/programmer (only one of those is a paying gig). You might remember my Ruthless movie poster from the last fanart contest, which showed Sid and Ruth in 3D, like you would expect from an animated movie today. They were the first characters I’ve modeled in Blender, and there was a lot of fixing to do in Photoshop as a result.

When you read Sandra and Woo for the first time, what grabbed your attention the most?

> It’s been so long ago, but I’ll try to remember. I discovered Sandra and Woo via a banner ad, and though I don’t remember which one, I remember that the art was good and it featured a raccoon. There aren’t many raccoon comics, compared to cat & dog comics, so it stood out. When a comic has good art AND story, it tends to get on my reading list. I also tend to favor cute, fluffy characters.

Is the thing you mentioned above still your favorite part of the comic, or do you like something else the most now?

> The art and story have remained top-notch the entire time. I’m happy that you haven’t run out of ideas.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> Woo! I tried to think of a less-obvious answer, but I feel like I would enjoy hanging out with Woo.

Do you have a favorite story arc and/or a favorite single strip?

> Of course the one at the front of my mind is the most recent one with Butterfly. I couldn’t wait for each new comic of that story arc, I wanted to know what would happen next and how Butterfly would overcome the, uh… butterflies in her stomach, or if she was even the rock climber she claimed to be. I kept trying to guess how the story was going to go, and the extreme hype made me wonder if raccoons were over-hyping Butterfly, making her sort of a Chuck Norris character, or if she was a fake like Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter books. It could have gone many different directions.

You have read Sandra and Woo for many years now. Do you think the comic has changed in any way since the beginning?

> The art is the most noticeable. I like the early art as much as the current art, but it’s definitely different. The story has matured and built on the earlier strips rather well.

Sandra and Woo is sometimes criticized for lacking focus. Is there an aspect of the comic that you’d rather get rid of?

> The focus! Who needs focus? (random phrase)! *ahem* Ironically, the most recent storyline with Butterfly had too MUCH focus, lasting over 4 months. Generally, a month is the longest a story arc should be. I enjoyed that arc, but one of the reasons I couldn’t wait for new updates was that each comic didn’t move the story along quickly enough. In addition, when the comics switch between an all-human cast and an all-forest-creatures cast, long arcs change the dynamics of the comic enough that it’s essentially 2 comics that take turns with the update schedule.

Is there a topic you’d like to see getting addressed in a longer story arc?

> In a… longer-but-not-longer-than-the-most-recent story arc… I’m very interested in finding out Larisa’s secret, Butterfly & Flint’s future (no rush), Woo & Lily’s future kits (it seems inevitable), how Woo is able to speak English (I think several of us have a good guess, but it hasn’t been addressed)…

What are your wishes for the future of Sandra and Woo?

> More success, riches for the creators, and maybe 5 days a week as a result of that?

Is there any other webcomic which you’d like to recommend to our readers?

> May I plug my own? I do a comic by the name of Ferret Williams in which I’m played by a ferret. Also in the archive is Kenny Chronicles and Ferrets Versus Lemmings, two comics that feature anthropomorphic foxes, ferrets, lemmings, etc. living over 100 years in the future. I enjoyed doing full-3D backgrounds on those comics, but my sleep schedule begged for a simpler art style, so Ferret Williams was born. Lately I’ve had even less time to draw, so the current comic has slowed down on the updates.

Do you have anything else do say? Here’s room for it:

> One Sunday, we had to use my laptop for the lyrics at church because a fire destroyed the regular computer that morning. During one song, the program crashed & suddenly… the “Food Chain” wallpaper with Sid eating an acorn and Shadow putting ketchup on Sid’s tail showed on the screen. This got a good laugh from the congregation. The next Sunday, I had set my wallpaper to complete blackness just in case that happened again, lol. I suppose when using somebody’s personal computer, it could have been worse :-p


Posters for fans, two remain unclaimed

I still have two poster packages such as this one lying around in my room (This photo was taken by our reader Blitz if I remember correctly):

The following readers may claim one of them by sending their address details to novil@gmx.de:

  • AckAckAck
  • Someone (That’s a nickname!)
  • tahrey
  • kai

The following readers received one, free of any charge, for writing thoughtful comments and/or supporting our comic in an exceptional way:


Poll results

From 29 August 2014 to 24 January 2015, the following five polls ran on Sandra and Woo. All of them received over 2,500 votes and it’s time to present the results.

Poll from 29 August 2014:

Poll Nr. 71

PC Master Race reporting in!

Poll from 29 August 2014:

Poll Nr. 72

Our readers do not often go to the cinema. Only 6% go to the cinema more than a dozen times per year. I also prefer watching movies on my large TV set now where I don’t have to watch any ads and I can be sure that there’s no one ruining the movie by constantly talking or something like that.

Poll from 29 August 2014:

Poll Nr. 73

Interestingly, the result of this poll seems to clash a bit with the result of the previous one. Although many of our readers don’t go to the cinema very often, they still like the experience.

Poll from 3 November 2014:

Poll Nr. 74

Now, this bunch of story arcs surely contained some controversial material. Well, the story featuring Butterfly didn’t actually contain offensive material, but generally many comic readers don’t like it when a long story arc is focused on a minor character and the main characters don’t appear at all for several weeks. I’m not surprised that Larisa’s story received the most votes, but I am a little surprised that the Cinderella story arc only received 5% of the votes. I think it was a funny and innovative story.

Poll from 3 November 2014:

Poll Nr. 75

The result of this poll is interesting. “Medium rare” received 28% of the votes, “Medium well done” received 15% of the votes, but “Medium” reveived only 14% of the votes. I like my steaks “medium rare” as well if the quality of the meat is really good. But I had to experience that there’s a good chance that they just turn out too raw for my taste if I order them like that, so I usually order them “medium”.

There are now five new polls that appear randomly in the right sidebar:

  • Do you generally prefer comedy webcomics or story webcomics?
  • Which way do you find most new webcomics that you read (semi-)regularly?
  • Did you prefer the American pic or the Russian pic in December’s strip “Propaganda” featuring Larisa?
  • Harry Potter should have married […]?
  • Which is your favorite type of media?

New fanart! Woo!

Yesterday, our reader Raven posted fresh news about Butterfly’s current whereabouts in the comment section of the last blog post:

Butterfly in the News by Raven

Our reader Elyk6546 on the other hand recreated the famous watercolor painting of Calvin and Hobbes sitting on a tree in fall with Sandra and Woo:

Sandra and Woo by Elyk6546


Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2014

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008. There were 18 strips that only featured Butterfly at the beginning of the year which particularly reduced the number of appearances of Sandra and Woo.

You can click on the image for a larger version.

Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2014

Number of new strips per year:

  • 2008: 20
  • 2009: 105
  • 2010: 107
  • 2011: 106
  • 2012: 104
  • 2013: 100
  • 2014: 104